What Employers Want From New Graduates Might Surprise You

Available: Dr. Diane Hamilton, author of “It’s Not You… It’s Your Personality: Skills to Survive and Thrive in the Modern Workplace” and “How to Reinvent Your Career: Make More Money Doing What You Love.”

Dr. Hamilton Can Say:

·         Book knowledge is great, but can only get you so far. A recent study showed 75% of newly hired executives are having trouble with interpersonal skills (the ability to build relationships, collaborate, and influence others).  

·         What employers think they want is not what they really want. People are hired for their knowledge and fired for their behavior.  After two years on a job, 27% of senior executives hired from outside the organization left the new job due to poor performance and specifically interpersonal skills.

·         The ability to handle change is understanding data is key. In discussions with 1,541 chief executive officers, general managers and senior public sector leaders, the IBM Institute for Business Value found that the most pressing challenge facing this group is complexity–not coping with change as in previous years. Handling vast amounts of data is critical.

·         Soft Skills, especially the ability to listen and communicate well are crucial. – “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Peter Drucker  … Simon Sinek has said there are four reasons young adults lack some important skills and they are: Parenting, Technology, Impatience, Environment which are very similar to what I found with lacking curiosity, which include: Fear, Assumptions, Technology, Environment. Salesforce.com found that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft skills and people skills.

·         It’s not you, it’s your personality.  The importance of charisma, assessments, and  EQ vs. IQ

·         Lack of engagement can be improved by developing soft skills and curiosity.  Only 1/3 of workplace is engaged. The cost of disengagement was estimated at as much as $605 billion annually in the U.S. in lost productivity.  Improve curiosity = better engagement, better productivity, and better innovation.


Available for Interviews:
Contact: Jo Allison
Success In Media

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